Decoted to Civil Rights in Timothy B. Tyson's Book, Blood Done Sign My Name

1877 Words Jan 31st, 2018 8 Pages
Stereotypes are removed. And history materializes as a stirring call for reaction. Timothy B. Tyson confronts readers with a stunning reversal and revisal of the common memoirs devoted to civil rights in his book, Blood Done Sign My Name. Although Tyson’s perspective appears to support the violent strategies employed by frustrated activists, his chronicle of commonplace dialogue, murder, and reconciliation can be used as a supplementary lens of understanding through which to see history. With this revitalized view of entrenched paternalism, hypothetical versus tangible equality, and the volatility of religious and civic leadership in times of transformation, Tyson’s audience can uncover new perceptions. Understanding the sensitivities and opinions of participants of the Civil Rights movement brings reality to an often-impenetrable realm of the past. Tyson challenges not only the glory and aura of reminiscence surrounding the civil rights movement but also what is repeatedly regarded as its vital core – nonviolence. Enticed by a flawed justice system supporting racial oppression, designated a call to battle, the nonviolent leaders of the Congress of Racial Equality, Urban League, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference chose to wield the weight of the masses as their chief weapon. Churches also contributed their multitudes as one of the few organizations dominated by blacks, capable of…
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